Smart Home Starter
The Smart Home Starter team picks the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

How Do I Hide My Nest Cam?

Last Updated Feb 25, 2022
nest outdoor camera
Tech Supportal
24/7 On-Demand Live IT Support. Step by Step Real Help
Join Tech Supportal and enjoy 24/7 tech support for your connected home. Get Started

Having a hidden camera can help watch over areas and keep your home safe. Keeping the cameras hidden is important so no one decides to mess with them or disable them. When looking to hide your nest camera you should scan where you want to surveillance so you can find a place to hide it but still have the area you need in the camera’s view.

Nest cameras can be hidden in objects like plants pots or stuffed animals placed in regular areas within them. Emptying the contents of an object and having a small hole for the lens can make it harder for the Nest Cam to be detected. You can also try to hide your camera in plain sight.

Nest cams placed up high can be out in the open but still hard to see. Also near an indoor plant or tree behind foliage can keep it hidden but still keep a good view. One way to keep your nest camera hidden but still in view is to have it around other electronics like a computer so it does not look out of place.

How Do You Detect Hidden Cameras?

Knowing how to detect a hidden camera can help you when renting an Airbnb, hotel, or any other area you may feel unsafe in. It is also a useful skill when trying to hide the hidden cameras in your home to the best of your ability. Detecting hidden cameras can be easy when you know what to look for and have the right tools. 

Some of the easiest ways to detect hidden cameras in your room are to:

  • Use your smartphone to look for cameras
  • Check Wi-Fi for unusual devices connected
  • Sweep the room and check electronics like smoke detectors
  • Use a bug detector 

Hiding a hidden camera in areas that should be private is illegal and should be thoroughly investigated if any are found. Knowing what to look for and how to look is important in ensuring the area you are in is not being recorded. You can also learn how to detect hidden cameras to find the best places to hide them in your home. 

If you would like to learn more about Nest cameras, take a look at this article.

How Do You Detect Hidden Cameras?

Detecting hidden cameras is simple when you know what to look for and the tools to use. A smartphone is useful in detecting hidden cameras nearby since they are so versatile in their technology. A phone’s camera with a certain filter can help find infrared light put off by night-vision cameras. Looking for distorting in calls will help know if audio is being recorded.

Using a bug detector when sweeping the room helps find tiny or well-hidden cameras. The places where hidden cameras are often hidden include:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Paintings
  • Wall sockets
  • Airfilters
  • Books
  • Stuffed Animals

Most hidden cameras will need to be connected to wifi. Using an app to see what devices are currently connected to a local wifi source can help see if anything connected is suspicious.  Sweeping the room is one of the easiest ways to find a camera. Using a flashlight you can turn off the lights and look for a reflection put off by a camera.

Can Nest Cameras Be Hidden?

Nest cameras and other surveillance cameras can be hidden and still used. One of the only issues you may want to consider before hiding a camera is if it’s legal in the area you live. 

In the United States, it is perfectly legal to hide a camera in your home without consent since it is your property. The only time it’s not in your home is in areas with an expectation of privacy.

You should research the laws within your area to be certain as the laws of each state vary. In your home, it is perfectly legal, but places with a reasonable expectation of privacy like the bathroom, or living quarters of a guest are off-limits. Recording audio is illegal depending on the state. Federally the U.S is a one-party consent state with audio, but some states’ laws will differ. 

How Can Listening Devices Detect Hidden Cameras?

Hidden cameras and bugs emit a frequency to send data that can be picked up by certain devices. Even using a cellphone it is sometimes possible to be able to find hidden bugs within your home. A bug detector is the best option and will put off a sound when picking up a frequency. 

Bug detectors and other surveillance detectors can be expensive so luckily it is possible to use a cell phone or other listening device. When making a call you can walk around to see if your phone is picking up any frequencies. Any radio receiver can be used and moved around objects to find hidden bugs.


Now you know everything you need to know about using your Nest camera privately and how to detect hidden cameras.

Sign up for our newsletter
Smart Home Starter
This site is owned and operated by Time Off Club, LLC. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.